Craig H. Allen

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Director, UW Arctic Law & Policy Institute
Judson Falknor Professor of Law
Professor of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Phone: (206) 616-8302

Curriculum Vitae | SSRN author page

  • - Maritime Executive In 2013 the Chinese government merged four maritime safety, security and law enforcement agencies to form the China Coast Guard. Just one year later, neighboring South Korea moved to dismantle its 60-year-old Coast Guard. That two rising Asian maritime powers have so recently come to opposite conclusions regarding how best to organize their maritime safety and security forces is remarkable. It gives new meaning to strategy discussions as the U.S. Coast Guard’s new senior leadership team takes command and the service prepares to celebrate its 224th birthday on August 4th. (7/22/14)
  • - NPR
    Cowardice comes in many forms, but there's a special sense of shame reserved for captains who abandon ship. South Korean authorities have arrested Capt. Lee Jun-Seok, who was one of the first to flee from the ferry as it sank on Wednesday. "I can't lift my face before the passengers and family members of those missing," Lee told reporters. The incident came two years after Francesco Schettino, the captain of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia, was charged with manslaughter and abandoning ship — charges he denies. The ship ran aground off the Italian coast in 2012, killing 32 people.
    Has the old idea that captains should not abandon ship itself been abandoned?
    "I'm kind of flummoxed that a master of a passenger ship anywhere in the world would not understand his obligation extends until that last person is safely off the ship," says Craig Allen, director of the Arctic Law & Policy Institute at the University of Washington.

Last updated 5/5/2014